What is a “greater than minimum freeboard”?

A freeboard greater than the minimum freeboard that would have been assigned to the ship under the Load Line Regulations, which may be assigned in an exceptional case on application of the shipowner, subject to safety and crew protection being no less effective than if the ship had minimum freeboard. Ships with greater-than-minimum freeboards are assigned an “all seasons load line” (see below).

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What ship types are commonly assigned a “greater than minimum freeboard”?

How is the minimum freeboard of Type A and Type B ships determined?